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Central Florida Fly Fishing Guide Report for October 13, 2008
Although we are currently under a tornado watch as a strong cold front approaches central Florida, we
have had some great weather during the past week.
Last week, I fished three days with my friend and fellow fly fishing guide Capt. John Kumiski. Capt. Tom
Van Horn joined us on the third day. Wednesday, John and I piled on the layers and headed out to
Mosquito Lagoon with morning temperatures in the 40's. The best position that morning was on the poling
platform where you can quickly warm up and John climbed up there first. I'm going to blame my errant
casts on my frozen hands as I proceeded to spook several tailing redfish. We found some black drum
which were more than willing to eat our small black flies.
We took turns, each catching two drum before we moved on to look for something different. Redfish were
spotted tailing here and there before we came upon numerous large seatrout basking in some shallow
sand holes. Most of them spooked before we saw them but John got his black and purple bendback fly in
front of one before it took off. The fish struck instantly and raced across the flat jumping and thrashing its
head. The hook stayed put and we got a few pictures of the trophy sized trout before setting it free.
I took my turn and cast my bendback to a sand hole containing three nice trout. An unseen redfish
grabbed the fly before the trout saw it, not a bad problem to have. John landed a redfish on fly to
complete his slam. We finished the day catching a few more red drum and seeing more big seatrout. A fun
day fly fishing Mosquito Lagoon.
The following day, I joined Capt. John for a kayak trip to the Banana River Lagoon. We paddled several
miles with little to show for our efforts. I saw a few tailing redfish and stopped to cast my fly to them while
John continued on. By the time I was finished, I saw John about a mile ahead of me. I made my way up to
him and immediately saw why he had stopped. There were tails in every direction. John told me he had
caught three redfish over twenty pounds on fly and as I was climbing into the water, he hooked up again.
As soon as I took out my camera, the hook pulled. I immediately grabbed my flyrod and was faced with
some difficult decisions; which tail should I cast toward. Most of the tails I saw were from black drum but
there were plenty of redfish mixed in. The black redfish worm fly worked well for both of us. We had a lot
of bites and caught plenty. Perfect weather and great fly fishing. We were both so busy casting, neither of
us took any photos.
Friday, I joined up with fellow central Florida Guide Capt. Tom Van Horn in his canoe for another trip to
the Banana River. Not just a canoe, this fishing machine is complete with a poling platform, casting deck,
stabilizers from Kay-Noe paddle products (http://www.kay-noe.com/), and rod holders. Capt. John went
with us in his kayak. We returned to the spot where John and I had such great fly fishing action the
previous day. As soon as we arrived, I made two casts to a tailing redfish and was hooked up. My hopes
of a record breaking day were quickly dashed as the tails from then on came few and far between. The
highlight of the day was a big school of giant black drum and redfish finning near the surface. I made cast
after cast with my fly with no takers.
The problem was the fish were in deeper water and my fly was not getting to the bottom quickly enough.
While I had heavier flies on board, they were not where I could get to them quickly. Not wanting to chance
spooking the fish, I didn't change flies. Capt. John patiently watched and took photos from his kayak.
When he could stand it no more, he tied on a weighted brown crab fly and cast in front of the school. A
huge redfish ate the fly but broke the 12 pound tippet a minute later. He tied on another fly and this time it
was a monster black drum that bit. Now it was my turn to take pictures as the fish towed John off the flat.
When he managed to get the over 30 pound fish under control, John realized he would be unable to lift it
without tipping over.
We decided to try and tow the fish back to the edge of the flat but the fish had other ideas. With a
powerful surge of it's tail, it took off, straightening the #4 hook. The big school vanished and Tom and I
went our own way finding a few tailing redfish here and there that were willing to play. Tom caught his fish
with a DOA shrimp while I used flies and a DOA crab.
Monday, I was back in Mosquito Lagoon. The water levels on the inshore lagoons of central Florida have
dropped significantly and I was curious to see where the fish had moved. The first few hours of the day
revealed plenty of tailing redfish. Unfortunately, I could not convince them to eat any of three separate
flies I tried. I picked up the DOA FiGi Chix shrimp and fired off a cast at the next tail I saw. The fish ate
immediately. I checked various spots, seeing both redfish and big trout in all of them and catching a few
more along the way.
Tuesday, I had Rich and Dean on board for a full day of sight fishing the flats. Within minutes of arriving
at our first spot, we saw a tail. For the next two hours, we saw tails quite regularly as well as running over
many fish we did not see. For a short while, we had clear skies and no wind. Using 4 inch DOA CAL tails,
Rich landed the first redfish and then Dean followed up with two in a row. Hoping to take advantage of the
perfect conditions, I suggest we make a move to look for some bigger fish. On our way to the spot, the
wind went from zero to fifteen in an instant. It never let up and brought with it numerous clouds which
made sight fishing difficult. We hit several spots seeing fish at all but one. Unfortunately, many of the fish
saw us before we saw them. Both guys caught a few redfish and trout and certainly had more fun than a
day at the office.
I will be off the water for the next ten days or so but I anticipate more great tailing fish action when I return.
If you are looking for a Central Florida Fly Fishing Guide near Orlando, call me to book your fishing
charter in the world famous Mosquito Lagoon
|Central Florida FlyFishing Charter Guide
Capt. Chris Myers
Fly and Light tackle Fishing in Mosquito Lagoon
|Central Florida Fly Fishing Guide Captain Chris Myers provides professional fly fishing and light
tackle saltwater fishing charters in Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River. The fly fishing for redfish
(red drum) in Central Florida is excellent all year round. In addition to the redfish, we also target
seatrout, black drum and a variety of other species. I am a full time central Florida fly fishing and light
tackle guide specializing in sight fishing the flats of Mosquito Lagoon. I am also a Federation of Fly
Fishers Fly Casting Instructor and a member of the FFF Fly Fishing Guides Association. I have over
twenty years of experience fly fishing in central Florida. Call me at 321-229-2848 to book your